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5. Martinez Family Harvesting Alongside Braceros, 1941

05. Pictured (clockwise): Grace Castruita, Isabel Martinez (Alba), Higinio Castruita, Veronica Guadalupe “Lupe” Martinez (Curtis), and Rosie Castruita (Martinez), picking figs in Planada, California, circa 1947. Married names are shown in parenthesis.

The Castruita and Martinez families of Baldwin Park, and Claremont, California picked fruit alongside Braceros both locally in the San Gabriel Valley, and as migrant workers throughout California’s Central Valley.

*Daniel Martinez (photographer) is author of Thesis “The Impact of Bracero Programs on a Southern California Community”, pub. 1958 (also available on the Bracero Archive).